MLS WORKS AND SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES TO HOST MLS ALL-STAR COMMUNITY DAY AND MINI-PITCH UNVEILING IN HONOR OF 2016 AT&T MLS ALL-STAR GAME

July 27, 2016
U.S. Soccer Foundation

On behalf of the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, MLS WORKS – Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative – the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and adidas will unveil a new mini-pitch located at Ocala STEAM Academy at 4:00 PM PT. The mini-pitch is part of the 20 for 20 Mini-Pitch Initiative, a commitment made by these partners to build 20 mini-pitches in underserved communities across North America. Each new mini-pitch offers children a safe place to play, while providing a soccer environment that encourages unstructured play within local communities, supporting the continued growth of the game. In collaboration with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and San Jose Earthquakes, America SCORES Bay Area will introduce Soccer for Success afterschool programming at Ocala STEAM Academy beginning this fall. Additionally, SNHU will award a full college scholarship to a deserving member of the local community as part of the dedication ceremony. Media are encouraged to attend the unveiling of the mini-pitch portion of MLS All-Star Community Day for content and interviews, including exclusive availability with select MLS All-Stars.

The full MLS All-Star Community Day on Wednesday, July 27 at Ocala STEAM Academy will be open to the public from 1:00 PM PT – 5:00 PM PT. Community members can enjoy carnival games and inflatables while local youth will have the opportunity to register for age-based soccer clinics administered by San Jose Earthquakes Academy Coaches. MLS sponsors will also support the event with charitable activations. Allstate is encouraging fans to donate new and gently-used soccer gear as part of its partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Passback program and will provide fans a chance to meet soccer legend Brian McBride; Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is giving fans a chance to juggle for charity through their KickStarter activation. Every dollar raised will be donated to the new Soccer for Success program to begin this fall at Ocala STEAM Academy.

Following the official dedication, the MLS/San Jose Earthquakes All-Star Community Day’s Soccer Tournament’s Championship Match will be played on the new pitch.

WHO: The ceremony will include short remarks from:
•    Jed Mettee, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, San Jose Earthquakes
•    Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation
•    Bill Hartglass, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Channel Marketing, Southern New Hampshire University
•    Zola Short, Director, Soccer Sports Marketing, adidas
•    Dolores Marquez, Board President, Alum Rock Union School District
•    Tracy Leathers, Principal, Ocala STEAM Academy
•    Emily Queliza, Director of Public Affairs, America SCORES Bay Area
•    Jeff Pope, On-Air host for Pope & Marla Show on Mix 106.5 (as emcee)

Special guests scheduled to appear include:
•    2016 AT&T MLS All-Star players
o    (Note: this will serve as the exclusive media availability for to be determined select MLS All-Star players during All-Star Week in San Jose)
•    San Jose Earthquakes Executives

VISUALS: Local San Jose boys and girls taking ceremonial first kick with players and executives. MLS/San Jose Earthquakes All-Star Community Day’s Soccer Tournament’s championship match will be played on the new pitch. 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star players will serve as celebrity coaches.
 
WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 2016│4:00 pm – 5:00pm  
  
WHERE: Ocala STEAM Academy
            2800 Ocala Avenue
            San Jose, CA  95148
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Media interested in attending the mini-pitch unveiling to conduct interviews or receive event photos must contact Al D’Agostino (al.dagostino@MLSsoccer.com).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA CONTACTS
Jake Pisani
San Jose Earthquakes
408-556-7774
jpisani@sjearthquakes.com

Kristin Lamas Patterson
Southern New Hampshire University
978-473-2979
k.patterson@snhu.edu

Kelly Clemens
U.S. Soccer Foundation
202-872-6651
kclemens@ussoccerfoundation.org

Our Partners

  • adidas

    adidas, the Foundation's Safe Places to Play - Mini-Pitch Partner, supports providing children in underserved communities with safe play spaces nationwide. adidas strives to be the globally leading and most popular sporting goods brand. Dedicated to innovation,  adidas embraces creativity and seeks to be socially responsible in all facets of its brand. For more information, please visit adidas.com.

  • APT

    APT (Advanced Polymer Technology), the Foundation’s Partner for Acrylic Coating Products, is a global leader in high performance sports surfaces. APT provides people around the world with safe, reliable, performance enhancing surfaces. APT’s Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system will be the official surface of an estimated 500 mini-pitches. For more information on APT, please visit www.sportsbyapt.com.

  • AstroTurf

    For athletes and soccer enthusiasts, AstroTurf® is redefining how synthetic soccer fields are built and perform. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf’s LigaTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit the company’s recently redesigned website, www.astroturf.com/soccer. - See more at: https://ussoccerfoundation.org/article/astroturf-partners-with-the-u.s.-soccer-foundation-as-a-national-partner-for-field-building-program#sthash.FL8E8bAM.dpuf

  • CHA

    CHA Sports, the Foundation's Supplier for Soccer Facility Design and Planning Services, provides community partners with expertise in soccer facility design. CHA Sport's full service approach allows the company to build world-class projects without breaking budgets. For more information, please visit chacompanies.com

  • Hunter

    Hunter Industries, the Foundation's National Partner for Irrigation Equipment, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of irrigation equipment for turf, landscape and soccer fields.  Hunter Industries' focus is on landscape irrigation with a significant part of its business centering on the proper care and maintenance of sports turf. For more information, please visit hunterindustries.com. Please contact Lynda Wightman, 406-273-3073, lynda.wightman@hunterindustries.com with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Kwik Goal

    Kwik Goal, the Foundation’s Official Supplier for goals, seating, boundary equipment, training equipment and coaching accessories, will be supporting a variety of Foundation programs and initiatives including: Soccer for Success, National Training and the Safe Places to Play program. Over thirty years ago, Kwik Goal was founded on the revolutionary concept of providing transportable goals for coaches at all age levels. Since that time, Kwik Goal has continued to focus on helping coaches and soccer programs create safe and dynamic learning environments by supplying high quality, safety tested soccer goals, field equipment and training equipment to the domestic and international market. For more information, please visit Kwikgoal.com.

  • Musco

    Musco Lighting, the Foundation's National Partner for Sports Lighting, has specialized in the design and manufacture of athletic field lighting for over 35 years.  Musco’s newest innovation, Light-Structure GreenTM, offers significant advantages for your budget and the environment — operating costs are cut in half, spill light is reduced by 50%, and 100% of your maintenance costs are covered for 25 years. To request your free copy of Sports Lighting: Answers to 7 Common Questions, please visit www.musco.com. Please contact Mike Shindler at mike.shindler@musco.com with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Nike

    NIKE, Inc., the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s National Partner for Athletic Apparel, supports the Foundation and its programs by providing Nike apparel to kids in underserved communities. Nike believes in the power of sport to unlock human potential and is committed to providing access to sport and physical activity  for kids to help set them up for success for life. For more information, please visit http://about.nike.com/pages/community-impact

  • SCORE Sports

    SCORE Sports, the preferred provider of shin guards to the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, is a family-owned and operated business specializing in sports equipment, uniforms and apparel. SCORE is an industry leader and has been involved in the sports community for over 40 years. SCORE outfits athletes with high-quality uniforms that SCORE develops, designs and manufactures in the U.S. SCORE takes pride in working with various non-profit groups and causes to give back to athletes who may need some extra support to play the game they love. SCORE is environmentally cautious with the materials it uses for its products and does its part in minimizing our environmental footprint. SCORE proudly offers a wide variety of products to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all your soccer needs. For more information, please visit scoresports.com.

  • Soccer.com

    Soccer.com, the Foundation's National Partner for Soccer Equipment and Uniforms, was founded in 1984 to provide high quality soccer gear at reasonable prices through its nationally circulated catalog. Soccer.com embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit soccer.com.

  • Sport Court

    Sport Court®, the Foundation's Supplier for Futsal Surfaces, has been the industry leader in modular athletic flooring for over 30 years. With more than 50,000 installations worldwide, and the largest and most experienced network of authorized dealers, Sport Court® delivers innovative, durable, high-performance solutions for a variety of sports and activities. For more information, please visit sportcourt.com. Please contact Joel McCausland at jmccausland@sportcourt.com for any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • World Soccer Shop

    Launched in 2001, World Soccer Shop is an online soccer retailer based in Birmingham, Alabama. It carries one of the world’s widest selections of officially-licensed products from the sport’s top brands and teams. World Soccer Shop is passionate about soccer and endeavors to spread the beautiful game around the world, especially to those in areas of need. For more information, please visit www.worldsoccershop.com.

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